OBITUARY

Ellen Rankin Clark

March 21, 1940May 1, 2019

Ellen Calder Rankin Clark March 21, 1940 – May 1, 2019 Ellen Calder Rankin Clark, age 79, died on May 1, 2019 in Orange Park, FL. Ellen was a 45-year resident of Orange Park, after relocating from Alexandria, VA with her husband. Mrs. Clark was born in Charlotte, NC and lived in Gastonia, NC for 12 years before moving to Greensboro, NC. She was a 1958 graduate of Greensboro Senior High School and a 1962 graduate of Salem College in Winston Salem, NC. She was a former resident of Richmond, VA where she worked for Life of Virginia. Mrs. Clark served in various positions in the Girl Scouts in Clay County for 25 years, beginning as a Clay County troop leader in 1980. She was treasurer of the Orange Park Service Unit and received multiple awards and honors for her volunteer work. She was Business Manager of Kateri Girl Scout Resident Camp in Orange Springs, FL for many years. In 2002, she was a Charter Member of the Salvation Army of Clay County Women’s Auxiliary, where she served as Treasurer and multi-faceted volunteer including the Empty Bowl’s luncheon and the food pantry. Mrs. Clark was an avid supporter and volunteer with youth sports travel teams for girls including softball, volleyball, track and golf. She was a member of the Gutter Dusters Bowling League in Orange Park for over 25 years. Survivors include her daughter, Susan Hunter Clark and granddaughter Emily Hunter Kilgore of Warner Robins, GA, daughter, Joanne (Jody) Rankin Clark and daughter-in-law Shannon Kathleen Moore of Jacksonville, FL, and her sister, Janet Sloan Rankin of Atlanta, GA. Ellen Calder Rankin Clark was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Commander Robert T. Clark of Orange Park, FL; her parents, James Whiten Rankin and Susan Calder Rankin of Greensboro, NC; and her brother James Whiten Rankin, Jr. of Rock Hill, SC. Memorial services will be held 11 AM, Monday, May 6, 2019 at The Salvation Army, 2795 County Road 220, Middleburg, FL with Major Phillip Irish officiating. Arrangements by HARDAGE-GIDDENS RIVERMEAD FUNERAL HOME, 127 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park, FL. Please post words of comfort at www.hardage-giddensrivermead.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council or The Salvation Army of Clay County Women’s Auxiliary.

  • FAMILY

  • Survivors include her daughter, Susan Hunter Clark and granddaughter Emily Hunter Kilgore of Warner Robins, GA, daughter, Joanne (Jody) Rankin Clark and daughter-in-law Shannon Kathleen Moore of Jacksonville, FL, and her sister, Janet Sloan Rankin of Atlanta, GA.

    Ellen Calder Rankin Clark was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Commander Robert T. Clark of Orange Park, FL; her parents, James Whiten Rankin and Susan Calder Rankin of Greensboro, NC; and her brother James Whiten Rankin, Jr. of Rock Hill, SC.
  • DONATIONS

  • The Salvation Army Clay County Women’s Auxiliary
  • Girl Scouts of Gateway Council

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, May 6, 2019

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Jim Bishop

May 5, 2019

Susan and Jody,
Your mom was a special lady. It seems like yesterday that Linda introduced your mom and dad to each other and a lifetime of love was born. We knew things were serious when uncle Bob snuck into town without telling Linda and I. We lived about 1/4 mile from Ellen and I saw his T Bird there. That is when he asked her to marry him. And the rest is history. They are now together again. The pain you feel now will subside but your memories will live in your hearts forever.
Love you both,
Jim Bishop

Tina Jewett

May 3, 2019

My sincere prayers. Ellen was a wonderful person. She was a wealth of information. She helped me a lot while I was forming the Girl Scout Manatee Service Unit. She was definitely a wonderful role model of and for Girl Scouts!

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